How to stop your puppy 'jumping up'
January 14, 2019
While we all love coming home to an affectionate puppy or dog, it’s important to avoid inadvertently encouraging ‘jumping up’ behaviour. Your cute (and small-ish) puppy will grow, and you might not want to see this behaviour when they reach adulthood.
Now is the time to be consistent in the way you respond to your puppy’s behaviour. If you praise and give attention to your puppy when they jump up, they’re being reinforced to offering you this behaviour. They will not understand why you are reacting differently when they become a bigger dog.
How do I train my puppy not to 'jump up'?
Reward your puppy for an alternative behaviour such as sitting or having all four paws on the floor. If your puppy jumps on you, immediately turn away. Do not look at or speak to your dog. When they get down and have all paws on the ground, immediately praise and reward.
Consistently practice this over and over so that your puppy learns the connection between having all paws on the ground and a reward. Ensure this is consistently applied by all family, friends and visitors. Set your puppy up for success! Anticipate jumping up and instead ask for the alternative behaviour. Your puppy will learn that they don’t need to jump up. Instead, if they are calm and sit, they will get your attention.